District of Columbia Licensing Overview for an Electrician

Licensing for an electrician in District of Columbia is controlled by the DC Board of Industrial Trades.

General Guidelines for an Electrician in District of Columbia

Follow the specific requirements to perform electrician services outlined by the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?


General requirements for an electrician license?

• Journeyman License: also licenses journeyman electrician specialists; requires 8,000 hour apprenticeship

• Master Electrician License: Also licenses designated master electricians and master electrician specialists; requires passing an exam but no additional experience required beyond the journeyman level

• Electrical Contractor License: Must be either a master electrician or employ a master electrician; the Board also licenses electrical contractor specialists and electrical contractor specialist fixtures

What’s the state licensing site for an electrician?

DC Board of Industrial Trades

What are some training programs available for an electrician?

See schools and training programs.

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

Check with local governing body for updated details.

What are fees associated with licensing?

Check with local governing body for updated details.


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